Job Listing: Actor/Interpreter

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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - Williamsburg, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Actor/Interpreter

Salary - Starting at $15.50. May increased, based on experience. 

Job Type - Full-Time

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As an Actor/Interpreter, you will perform in scripted theatrical programming and portray real people of 18th century Williamsburg throughout the historic area. Interpret 18th century people, events, and ideas to bring historic Williamsburg to life and make relevant connections with our modern audiences. The Actor/Interpreter selected for this position must be able to convincely portray roles for females between the ages of 18 – 35.

Note: Please attach a headshot and theater resume for acting positions.

Work To Be Performed:

  • Prepare, rehearse, and perform assigned roles reliably, consistently, and skillfully, with historical and artistic integrity.
  • Research and analyze primary and secondary sources to gain an extensive, in-depth knowledge and understanding of 18th century Williamsburg and assigned characters, and well-rounded context of American history.
  • Regularly and actively engage with guests in character and maintain historical personae in front of guests as appropriate.
  • Create and present pro-active, thematic interpretations in character that are rooted in historical research and relevant to a modern, diverse audience.
  • Depict how assigned characters participated as a member of the Williamsburg community in the 18th century with historical integrity and stewardship.
  • Contribute as an active member of an ensemble to create dynamic, inspiring, educational experiences for guests and a helathy and positive work environment for staff.
  • Work collaboratively with the entire staff of Colonial Williamsburg to create an exceptional experience that gives guests the sense of 18th century Williamsburg and inspires them to be thoughtful and active participants in their own communities.
  • Perform with positivity, flexibility, and resiliency in a changing work environment.


  • Theatrical experience, including training as an actor
  • Acting/Performance Skills, including:
    • Believability in character portrayal; applicants must be able to convincingly portray female roles in the age range of 18 - 35.
    • Strong script memorization skills and ability to manage multiple tasks - including preparation and performance of multiple scenes, programs, and characters simultaneously
    • Ability to perform in front of large audiences, including strong vocal and projection skills
    • Good instincts and sense of timing, blocking, and pace in performance
    • Ability to take direction and notes, and be a contributing and versatile member of an ensemble
    • Improvisation skills and adaptability to variable performance environments and styles
  • Ability to take on 18th-century personae and remain in character, which includes: appearance, deportment, station, worldview, mannerisms
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Ability to provide excellent guest service, including willingness and ability to serve and assist guests and enhance their experience whenever and wherever encountered.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative within guidelines and procedures and also to take direction and notes when given.
  • Ability to research and synthesize information
  • Ability to think critically regarding storytelling and educating, and continually improving performance
  • Fundamental knowledge and understanding of American history, and interest in ongoing and in-depth study.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in research and portrayal of a historical figure.
  • Experience presenting and discussing sensitive topics such as slavery, racism, religion, politics, American Indian experience, or gender studies.
  • Storytelling, teaching, theater for young audiences, improvisational theatre, musical, and/or devised theater experience. Museum and/or interpretation experience, or demonstrated scholarly pursuits.
  • Knowledge and skills required to fulfill the defined job responsibilities usually acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of a four-year degree from an accredited college or university, and two years of professional experience in theatre or related fields.


  • Ability to wear historically accurate and complete 18th century clothing for an entire workday.
  • Ability to perform various functions such as standing, sitting, kneeling/squatting, walking across uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions, and participating in some strenuous physical activities


  • Ability to work outside all day in varying weather conditions
  • Ability to come in daily contact with pollen, dust, mold, and seasonal allergens

Pay Rate: This position begins at an hourly rate of $15.50 and up, based upon experience.